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Jack & Jade

Dear Jack and Jade,

I currently have a D in one of my medical classes. I thought that I was doing well, but I guess I was wrong. Story of my damn life. My parents have been asking me how I’ve been doing in my classes. Of course, I told them everything was fine because I’m doing well in all of my other classes—except for one. I know they will kill me if I tell them I have a D in one of my classes. You don’t understand how crazy these Caribbean parents can be.

What should I do? There’s only a few days left in the semester and I can’t fail. Help!

Sincerely,

Meh the Blur

Dear Meh the Blur,

I advise you to talk to your professor and see if you can complete any extra credit that could help bump your grade up. I also suggest that you watch a few medical videos on YouTube or read your textbook if you have one. I know this sounds like a lot of work, but you have to finesse in order to pass. In doing so, you can try to do well on the final.

Study your life away! Yes… this means no partying on the weekends or hanging out with friends. Leave that stuff until after finals. This is what it takes to excel in college and life—hard work.

Concerning your parents, they should be proud that you are doing well in your other classes. One bad grade in one class during one semester is not the end of the world. I hope this helps.

Sincerely,

Jack and Jade

Dear Jack and Jade,

My little sister keeps taking my clothes out of my closet and wearing them. Literally I can’t get rid of her; she’s like a rodent. And whenever I complain to my mother, she’s like, “That’s your sister, she just wants to be like you.” I mean, obviously, I’m amazing, beautiful, and one of a kind, but it’s annoying for my things to always be messed with. I can’t wait to live in a dorm. Until then, what should I do?

Sincerely,

Asaap Boujee

Dear Asaap Boujee,

Siblings can be quite annoying sometimes. I suggest that you get a lock for your closet so your sister can’t get into it. This will allow your clothes to go untouched and you’ll be able to find what you’re looking for.

Sincerely,

Jack and Jade

Dear Jack and Jade,

I have to audition for a play at my school and I’m very nervous. I have never been in a musical, but I love to sing and have been performing at church from a young age. I don’t want to mess up and embarrass myself. How should I prepare?

Sincerely,

Tina Melina

Dear Tina Melina,

I think you should first prepare a piece that shows your abilities. Remember that a play is supposed to be fun, so don’t feel stressed or overwhelmed about auditioning. There are also many videos online that have vocal warm-up techniques and suggestions on what factors directors look for when choosing actors or musicians. Also, drink a lot of tea and sleep more in order to strengthen your voice. I hope your audition goes well. I know you can do it!

Best of Luck,

Jack and Jade